The Malta Independent 27 May 2016, Friday

Bulgarian woman pleads guilty to loitering in Gzira

Kevin Schembri Orland Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 15:28 Last update: about 5 months ago

A 26-year-old Bulgarian woman, living in Gzira, today admitted to charges of loitering for prostitution.

Inspector Joseph Busuttil said that officers of ice squad were patrolling around Gzira and they saw the accused, Galina Ivanova. The police approached her and asked for identification documents. She had no documentation on her.

The inspector said that while the accused claimed to have lost her documents, she never reported this to the police. He said that the police requested assistance from Interpol, however up till now, no response to their requests have arrived.

Ivanova pleaded guilty to the charges, which also included not obeying police orders and failing to report missing documents.

Both sides agreed that a suspended sentence would be acceptable, given her clean criminal record.

Dr Ellis also said that the fact she admitted should be seen as going in her favour.

She was given a two-month prison sentence suspended for a year.

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